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Old May 9, 2005, 6:39 PM   #1
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This was taken on Mother's Day, at Moise Nataional Bison Range, located between Missoula and Polson Mt. I used a D70, with a Sigma 70-300 APO, the focal length was 270,Spot Metering,1/320sec @ f/5.6, ISO was 200.
There was a bit of tinkering in NC4.2.1.

Hope You Enjoy, My First Post of a Picture, Stephen
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Old May 11, 2005, 9:04 AM   #2
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I assume you're up for a critique?

First, the processing is terrible.....

I played around in photoshop, and got it to look much better.

Second, while it's ok to crop out part of an animal to serve some specific esthetic goal, this particular crop really looks kind of funny...:lol:

So, think about framing more when you take one of these shots. This is especially true of an image like this, which is more of a wildlife landscape than a close-up.

It must be hard to get close enough to a mother and kid, or at least so I've read. So a good effort indeed!

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Old May 11, 2005, 9:56 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum.

The lighting seems pretty harsh. The shutter speed of 1/320 at f5.6 in that kind of light seems slow to me.
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Old May 11, 2005, 3:53 PM   #4
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Hi Stephen, I think that you have captured an excellent moment in the life of a mother and kid, an extremely appropriate posting for a mother's day contribution. Thanks for sharing and hope to see some more from you.
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Old May 11, 2005, 5:13 PM   #5
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Thank You for Your comments. I'm learning . . . lol

I can handle the critique,LOL , how , else am I to learn ? As far as croping, I didn't crop it, this is full frame, so, Oppps, poor framing on my part, I think in this shot, I was trying to
trap focus , as she and her young walked into a prefocused point.
I don't have photoshop, I do have both Nikon Capture and Paintshop 8, also downloaded Rawshooters Essential. I will
attach another shot of her, that is untouched bt me.
Ok... so here's what came out of the D70 RAW file , saved to jpeg, then resized for this forum, this how dark it started out.
The shooting info . . . Sigma 70-300 apo , ISO200 , 300mm
focal length ,1/640 @ F/5.6 , spot metering in Aperture Priority, and Yes, I'd Love to be Critiqued :-)... And ... Thank You for the Welcome.
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Old May 11, 2005, 6:01 PM   #6
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Hi Steve

I don't own Paintshop, but Photoshop is not necessary for 95 percent of basic image processing. Not that I wish to put PS down...:lol:

I took the liberty of spending 30 seconds in Photoshop LE, just to make this point with the last image that you posted...

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/attachment2.JPG[/img]

Actuallly I like this image better than the first because, of the lack of missing parts....:lol:

So all I did, was change the contrast and sleightly sharpen the image. While I didn't do it, if you had cropped it just a bit off center, it would have aslo been improved.

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Old May 11, 2005, 7:51 PM   #7
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Thanks Dave , I could crop the 2nd one for a better framing, also, I posted the 2nd one to show You the lighting and colors that came out of the D70 in RAW form.
I'll work with this image in PS8 to see if I can acheive the
sharpness level You have. Thanks for Your Critique.:-)

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Old May 12, 2005, 4:30 AM   #8
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Welcome toi the forum stephen! All technical issues aside, any shot of a mom and
baby is really cool, and this one is no exception.

As for technical, I hope you don't mind, but I played with your photo a little.
I use photshop CS, but I'm sure paintshop has these features. (Most image
programs have them in some form or another.)

First, I used the curves tool. I set 3 points, one in the middle and the other
two half way between the extremes. Then, adjusted these points to get the
overall tone I wanted.

Next, I used the unsharp mask tool. I did a pass at 0.5 radius, 100%. Then I
did a second pass at 0.2 radius and 100% to extract a little more of the fine
detail. Here's the results:
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Old May 12, 2005, 10:53 PM   #9
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Woodmeister . . . Wow...looks Great. I have alot to learn with this dslr hobbie, but, what I truely LOVE , is that I pay for NO Film, and the INSTANT GRADIFICATION . . . Is so
Wonderful. . . almost as good as...ahhh nope, I was wrong there lol.
Thanks for Your Advice Wood ,
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